If one walks by or drives through a road by the seaside in Poblacion, Siquijor, and one could see humongous dump truck tires, and parked bodies of vehicles, and quick flickers from a screeching sound of a machine, one is about feet away from Fransheen Vine’s Welding Shop. 

It had been Oyhop Welding Shop before it became Fransheen Vine’s Welding Shop.  A simple dream of a father has become a living legacy to his children.

Sometime in 1994, Oyhop Welding Shop started as a small family undertaking that produced window grills and charged engine repairs and welding services.  Gradually, it expanded into fabrication of steel gates and fashioning metal finishes.  Then it went into building jeep and easy ride vehicle bodies, and tricycle side car assembly.

Within a 550-square meter vacant lot bounded by a stretch of a seashore at one side and a coastal road at the other side,  Oyhop Welding Shop operates with seven workers that include an on-call painter and an electrician.

Since its inception about 33 years ago, welding services were done only through a creative fabrication of a 10-horse power of a pump boat motor and an alternator from a Willys jeep.

That became the shop’s welding tool until its original proprietor Cresencio Oyhop decided to ask assistance from the Department of Science and Technology.  With the increasing number of customers along the way as well as the intricacies of the services they demanded, the functional welding tool could no longer accommodate them.

In 2014, Oyhop Welding Shop was awarded a DOST intervention through a project nominated as “Metalworking Technology Upgrading of Oyhop Welding Shop,” under which, aside from miscellaneous equipment, a welding machine was granted.

With customers like local government units and private individuals, Oyhop Welding Shop now dispensed with its services in a shorter period of time and with some kind of finesse and of quality.

In 2016, Cresencio and his wife Mavin migrated to the United States of America. The proprietor then became the wife of his second child and the shop was registered with a new name as Fransheen Vine’s Welding Shop.

Even with the initial intervention of DOST, some works still needed upgraded equipment like forming and fabrication of moving parts, cutting, and metal pressing.  Thus, in 2018, Fransheen Vine’s Welding Shop asked assistance from DOST in acquiring a lathe machine, metal forming and cutting equipment, and a jack pressure under the project “Upgrading the metal fabrication and machining technology of Fransheen Vine’s Welding Shop in Siquijor.”

Fransheen Vine’s Welding Shop, after that second intervention, made some good return of investment — except the time of pandemic which challenged literally its operation.  There were minor welding works done, however, and they were enough to bring the welding shop to cross the bridge of survival.  Right now, the Fransheen Vine’s Welding Shop registers over a million pesos per year as income for its services from an average of 20 customers a month.

Merk Oyhop, the husband of the proprietor Lou said:  “This has always been what our father would always want to happen – to continue with our welding shop.  I have realized that this is also what I want.  In fact, I decided to resign from my work in Dubai and to come back in Siquijor to continue this welding business of our father.”

Within ten years from now, Fransheen Vine’s Welding Shop is guaranteed to become the best welding shop in the province of Siquijor.  As a good payor to DOST, FVWS would always be eligible for another DOST grant – as right now, it plans to procure a crimping machine after it shall fully paid the second grant.

There is yet more work to do — at least the metal passion of a father has continued to kindle — and to kindle to give quality welding services to customers under a sustained family shaping venture.  (By: Jose Aldous R. Arbon II, SRA-IO)

 

Merk Oyhop as he performs welding service in Fransheen Vine’s Welding Shop at Siquijor, Siquijor.  His wife Lou Oyhop now assumes as its proprietor.